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F-M School District responds to Connecticut school shooting

— Following the tragic news of the Dec. 14 Connecticut school shooting, Fayetteville-Manlius School District personnel were preparing for its students to return to classes on Dec. 17 as well as responding to and supporting parents who are concerned about their children’s safety.

“We already have a number of safety and security procedures in place that we have implemented based on suggestions from national and local security experts,” Superintendent Corliss Kaiser said. “We will review what we have established, determine if there are areas we can improve upon and whether the suggestions we are hearing from parents would help us to do so.”

Many parents have asked for an opportunity to learn more about F-M’s safety and security measures and sent emails to administrators offering suggestions on ways to enhance its current measures.

At its Jan. 14 meeting, the F-M Board of Education will hold an extended public comment session on Jan. 14 for those who wish to address the board.

“We understand parents are scared and concerned. We want them to know that we are doing our best every day to protect their children,” Kaiser said. “We are reviewing our safety plans and procedures, which we developed based on expert advice, and we will continue to listen to those experts to ascertain where we can enhance and refine our protocols.”

The Connecticut school shooting that claimed the lives of 20 elementary school children and six school staff members has rocked the nation and across the country heightened parents’ concerns about school safety.

In recognition of the concerns that F-M parents, students and district staff members may have been experiencing, several things took place throughout the day on Dec. 17, including:

—A New York State Trooper visited each school district building, offering to lend support in any way possible and reviewing the building’s safety procedures.

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